Unum rates among top workplaces
Unum Group has been named one of the "Best Places to Work" by the United States Business Leadership Network, now known as Disability: IN, and the American Association of People with Disabilities.
The Chattanooga-based insurer, which itself specializes in offering disability insurance coverage, offers a variety of programs, benefits and resources to ensure that inclusion is embedded in its culture. More than 400 employees are involved in employee resource groups to champion initiatives related to creating an inclusive culture. The company's Ability Employee Resource Group is a community of employees working with disabilities, caregivers to family members and disability allies.
"At Unum, we're focused on creating a workplace where everyone's ideas are heard, and where every individual feels welcome and respected and is afforded the chance to succeed," said Lisa Iglesias, executive vice president and general counsel.
The rating judged employers on several key performance indicators including culture, leadership, accessibility, employment, community engagement, support services and supplier diversity.
Einstein adds Caribou coffee
Einstein Bros. Bagels, the largest bagel retail company with more than 700 locations, is opening Caribou Coffeehouses inside its Chattanooga-area stores.
In celebration of the marriage of these two iconic brands, for a limited time only, guests can enjoy $2 mochas and lattes in celebration of the new coffee offerings at your local Einstein Bros. Bagels locations.
"The introduction of the Caribou Coffee brand into Einstein Bros. Bagels is just another way for us to bring quality menu items to our guests," said Leigh Anne Snider, president of Einstein Bros. Bagels. "Now you don't have to choose between a great coffee experience and a great breakfast sandwich, you can have both."
Throughout the remainder of 2018, Caribou Coffee will continue to expand its presence across all Einstein Bros. Bagels stores nationally.
BlueCross brings local IT training
The Tennessee Chapter of the Health Care and Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Chapter and the Center for Executive Education at Belmont University are partnering again with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to bring a 14-week certification program to health care information technology professionals in the Chattanooga region.
Designed for health care professionals of all levels, backgrounds and career paths, the program teaches students how the blending of health care and IT can affect care outcomes.
The second class in the series will be held Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee headquarters. Individuals who are unable to attend the class in person may attend virtually via live remote broadcast.
"Improving the integration of technology in health care translates to improved outcomes," said Nick Coussoule, chief information officer of BlueCross.
Throughout the course, students gain exposure to the health care provider, payer and vendor settings. Led by HIT professionals, the program's students experience real-life challenges and determine best practices to bring into their careers.
Individuals interested in the program can register at https://form.jotform.com/53084471159155 . For more information, visit http://tnhimss.org/education/hit-accelerator-program/.
Mortgage rates up to 4.6 percent
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose for the second straight week, continuing to dampen prospects for potential homebuyers.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages jumped to 4.60 percent this week from 4.54 percent last week. Long-term loan rates have been running at their highest levels in seven years. The average benchmark 30-year rate reached a high this year of 4.66 percent on May 24. By contrast, the rate stood at 3.93 percent a year ago.
The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans increased to 4.08 percent this week from 4.02 percent last week.